Clark's nutcracker


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nutcracker of the western United States

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Durglo and his brother --a forester--have even begun writing a children's storybook about the species and the Clark's nutcracker, the bird that distributes the tree's seeds.
"I've seen the Clark's nutcracker burrow down 3 feet into the snow to retrieve the seeds, but some always make their way to the ground, and those are the ones that grow into new trees," he said.
One is Clark's nutcracker, which stores more food than any of the others; the second is the pinyon jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus), which stores less food than Clark's nutcracker, but more than the third species, the scrub jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens); if degree of dependence on stored food is associated with an enhanced spatial memory, then on spatial tasks the more dependent species should outperform the less dependent.
From Arizona to British Columbia, the harvest season has arrived for Clark's nutcrackers.
Clark's Nutcrackers are principal seed dispersers for several western pines with large, wingless seeds: white-bark (Pinus albicaulis), limber, Colorado pinyon (Pinus edulis), singleleaf pinyon (Pinus monophylla) (for a review see Tomback and Linhart [1990] and references therein), and probably southwestern white in its northern range (Pinus strobiformis, Benkman et al.
Foraging of Clark's nutcracker on rapidly changing pine seed resources.
Dispersal of limber pine seed by Clark's nutcracker. Journal of Forestry 78:637-639.
Should humanity get a little too full of itself and its intellectual prowess, there's always Clark's nutcracker to think about.
The Clark's Nutcracker also caches the seeds of wind-dispersed species, including Jeffrey pine (Tomback, 1978), ponderosa pine (P.
When it comes to talking about trees, one thing leads to another: the essay on the limber pine leads to Clark's nutcracker, which hides pine seeds by the thousands yet remembers where each cache remains; the essay on the pinon pine leads to talk about Nevada's 19th-century charcoal industry.
While the Clark's nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana) typically carries dozens of seeds in its cheek pouch, and seed-caching flights of up to 22 km have been documented (Tomback, 1977; Vander Wall and Balda, 1977), uninterrupted flights of 100 km or more across grasslands to cache seeds seem unlikely.
At UCLA, I looked into the literature and discovered that little was known about the Clark's nutcracker.
Members of one bird species, the Clark's nutcracker, display a type of geographic insight which suggests that they may indeed consult cognitive maps, according to a report in the Nov.
The Clark's nutcracker is the primary seed disperser of the pine, but as whitebark pine populations decline due to other factors, such as mountain pine beetle and white pine blister rust, the Clark's nutcracker might move on to other pine trees as a food source, causing whitebark pine numbers to diminish further.